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Jul 11, 2015

Record Breaking Rain! Fresh Paint, More Thrifting, Veggies Ready!


Record Breaking Rain!
We had some real serious heavy rain this week! What a joy :) We had 1.28" of rain Wednesday night according to the news. Went from 90 f to 68 in 2 hours, and lots of thunder and lightning. I put the chickens in early as they were getting soaked, and it filled my empty 55 gallon rain barrel in an hour or less. It was great the next day, much cooler and everything got a good soaking and then some. We won't need to water for a bit and hopefully this helped with the local fires. When you live in the high desert we're really grateful for the rain!!! It's down in the low 80's for the next week, a nice break from the early triple digits we had. 110 is just too hot...


Fresh Paint-
There's nothing better than a clean slate to work from, some fresh paint! I prepped then painted the kitchen/dining room this week. 10 years had taken it's toll with too many nail holes, dings and wear. I went about a 1/2 shade lighter, really bright and sunny yellow. You can see on the right top edge of the door the paint change color-wise. This is the last stage of my kitchen makeover, except putting things up. A "after" photo will be up this week, and a little free re-decorating with some new vintage things going up! More coming!!!




More Thrifting-
I hit another thrift store the other day and found the beautiful ceramic iris spoon rest, a buck. I also found a cute Corning Ware folk art pan, perfect for small baking-


A wood mini greenhouse for displays or seeds, $5.00! I will use this in the winter with pine cones, snow and lights :)


I also scored a really pretty Jones of NY blouse for work, sort of British pink cabbage roses, $5.00...



Veggies Ready! 
I'm so excited to be picking our first tomatoes and peppers! This is an early harvest for us, with the very mild spring we were able to plant extra early. I'm keeping an eye on my apple tree with all the growing apples. I see lots of applesauce in my future hopefully before school starts. Nothing worse then starting to can after I go back to work :(  We had a pretty American quail couple visit this week, taking a rest break. I love their little tufts on top of their heads. Cute little guys...





2 comments:

Leigh said...

Good grief. You're flooding and here everything is drying up. Doesn't seem fair! You yard looks really cute, though. :)

Nancy LittleHomesteadinBoise said...

It rained last night and more on the way today :) I'm just happy with the cooler temps and not having to water!

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